Saturday, August 24, 2013

Later than Never

Far longer than anticipated here is a nice mix of items from various designers who took part in an event, released it at their store or is gifting it as a hunt prize.  My style is not to photoblog because that tells us nothing about the items themselves.  However, in this instance due to the lateness of the posting I shant be all wordy :)

Hair: ChiChickie! - AJ - Cosmopolitan Sale Room *Find AJ at Cosmo Sale Room!!*
Skin: WoW Skins - Tanita CL - Gift from The Black Fair 2013
Makeup: *Mon Cheri*  - *MC* Red Glossy Lips Gift from The Black Fair 2013
Necklace & Earrings: Stars! - Bubbles (Grayed Jade) (Not Free)
Top: the second star : The SPH Prize - **Seasons Palette Hunt Gift**
Pants: Lumiere: Belted Pants Naturals ** Exclusive at Cosmopolitan Sales Room**
Heels: Flame Fashion - Sena Mesh Shoes Cream (Not Free)
Wrist Bands:{Mes petites Coutures}: Manchette Wrist Bands - **Seasons Palette Hunt**
Sunglasses: U Refined: {U.R.} Fashion Glasses Summer Edition Breeze (Not Free)
Pose: Sup Poses - 15 Single Pose Pack - **Cosmopolitan Sale Room**

Additional notes to above credits:

1) Lumiere is a store that can be found on Marketplace at this time.  The items are top quality and stylish.  Love the belted pants!  The url for her MP store can be found by clicking the store name.
2) The Black Fair 2013 is ended.  Any items blogged may be available at the main store location.  Or they may not be.  You will have to go check :)

My apologies to all who look forward to longer more descriptive posts about the items worn or used in the blog photos.  Just know that I don't blog anything that I don't find appealing in some manner.  I either like it or love it.  That's part of how things end up on my blog.

Thanks for being you and not minding that I am me :)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Another Round of Black and White

I love black and white!!  A revelation discovered while setting up to blog items from The Challenge - Black and White Theme.  Not one alone but a happy mingling of both.  Without a doubt the right backdrop has to be chosen in order to get the "wow factor"  as opposed to the "wash out".   ChiC Building offered up Gothic Building this round (details in previous posting); it in conjunction with a few other goodies make up the 'wow factor'.  In case you missed it, Black and White is the theme for July Challenge for Builders.

[bauwerk] put together a whole slew of white for you to pick and choose from.  It is not a set but individual pieces that work beautifully together.  The Chesterfield sofa is leather and pairs perfectly with the Leather Stool.  Each have great animations for singles while the sofa has couples as well.  The land impact is very low at 11 for both items.  The floor lamp works on touch and is only two prim as well.  The Monochrome Couch Table with all the decor is really great will the same attention to detail that is present in the other pieces available.  In keeping things low prim, the couch table definitely fits the bill.  It is only 2 LI with all the books and magazines. You can't beat that with a stick!
In addition to the items from [bauwerk] I have added "A Mess Of A Chair" from Kuro to the sitting area. On one hand, it complements the leather very well.  On the other hand, the iron frame adds a splash of black to the sitting room.  There are 21 high quality animations to flip and flop through.  Again for the prim stingy or prim conscious folks out there, it has a low land impact of 2.
A lovely area rug "Circuit Light" from {hate this} is used to absorb some of the cold from the stone floor.  It also brings the entire setting together into more of a comfy room than a bunch of furniture situated inside a big room. 

Complete sets is what I prefer because it's just easier than to mix and match.  I've found that my philosophy used when buying clothes doesn't alway cross over well into furnishing my home.  In suites - bedroom, living room, dining room etc - there is typically a piece that I don't like or just simply won't use.  Solution?  Hit the stores when there are awesome events going on like The Challenge.  Get what you want, not what you don't.  So what are you waiting for?  The Challenge for Builders - Black & White will be coming to an end very soon.  All merchants who have their items out at a discounted price now may not have it at that price after the sale ends.

[bauwerk] -
The Chesterfield (white) 9 LI- L$300
Leather Stool (white) 2 LI - L$110
Floor Lamp 2LI - L$90
Monochrome Couch Table 2 LI - L$75
Segmented Vase - L$50 (Not Pictured)
Minimalist Bed PG Version - L$590 (Not Pictured)

Kuro -
A Mess of A Chair 2 LI - L$150
Illuminated Thoughts (functioning lights) 2 LI - L$75 (Not Pictured)

{hate this}-
Circuit Light Rug 1 LI - L$40

Monday, August 5, 2013

Gothic Building is Prime Location

A dark stone building holds secrets of owners that only the walls do know.  Each crack and crevasse tells a tale like no other, never to be told.  It's eerie features are shadows cast from nearby trees that sway in the breeze and whose branches shiver in the light of the moon.  The smooth opening doors do not creak as they open wide revealing a spacious room inside.  Two windows to the left and two to the right are the building only means of filtering in natural light.  It's dim at best through the frosted stained glass.  A sleek stone floor from one end to the other is cold on the bare feet pitter pattering from the door to the back.  Gothic Building by ChiC Buildings for The Challenge, Black & White Theme, lends itself willingly to having furnishings scattered about in hopes of being photographed.  Such a truly awesome build to be offered at only L$900, a 25% savings during the first release week.  It measures 12 x 28 and is only 46 Land Impact with original mesh used in the build.

 In keeping with the Black & White Theme of the Challenge, first time participant Prime is offering this awesome bedroom set.  Not all pieces of the Black And White Bedroom are shown here but believe me this set is loaded with gorgeous pieces.  There are 4 bed different versions to choose from depending upon your tastes.  Sapphire (PG), Ruby, Diamond and Lesbian are the bed choices.  These do NOT come all in one package.  You will have to decide the bed type that suits your fancy first so that you don't purchase the wrong one for your home.  It consists of two resizable lanterns, night stands, a bedside bench with sits for single and couple, a privacy screen and a large picture frame.  The set is modify so you can fiddle with things to better fit them in your home, add your own pictures and such too.  Custom mesh is used to create these pieces, each of which has lovely detailing with gorgeous choices of textures.  The PG version of the bedroom set can be purchased for L$1500.  I believe that this is a promo price during the running of The Challenge.  The individual pieces of the set can be purchased if you don't want to buy the set.  Check the store for pricing.  Land Impact is a fantastically low 30!  Prim conscious shopper alert!!

The cute little lamp on the left side of the bed comes from Senzafine for The Challenge.  "Metropolis" Art Deco Table Lamp is a one of a kind piece that adds character to any setting.  While it could be considered modern in design, up close the texturing could depict a hint of vintage.  I love the style regardless of it's classification.  It is a working table lamp with owner only or public versions and is only 4 prims / 3 land impact.  Did I mention it was mesh?  Well it is!!  You can pick up the cutie for L$190. 

All pieces here are modify and copy from their creators.  Before you go messing with the items, be sure to make a copy first.  You know, for the "just in cases" that can happen.

There ya have it, more from The Challenge is coming your way so be watching :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Black, White & Some Color Too

Up for a challenge?  These folks sure are!  In this months theme you'll find that sometimes it's all Black & White :)

! Follow Us ! has hit a home run in this challenge with their "Happiness Kitchen".  This vintage kitchen stove and workspace is beautifully detailed from the shiny silver burner covers to the checkerboard tile counter work area.  I love the chalkboard style text art situated underneath the overhead shelf.  Really fun industrial style work lights are a nice touch as well.

It is an animated addition to your home decor that allows cooking for one or two.  Need to chop some veggies?  There's an animation and a prop for that!  Need to slice the bread while your partner drinks coffee?  Yep, there's props and coordinating animations for that too.   All the added decor really add to the realism of the kitchen.  A scale, covered cake plate with cakes, dishes .... it's the little things that add character.  This kitchen definitely has plenty of it.  The cost of the set is L$199, a steal for all you get!!  Single and couple animations, gives wearables, rezzes props, and is only 38 prims.

I've decided to wear Turquoise Gypsy Spice Dress Set from Hudson Clothing for the blog posting.  Seeing as how the theme here is black and white, a bit of color was in order.  I'm a fan of flowing skirts that give the appearance of cool and comfortable.  This is one of them.  Not only that but it actually stays put when my ao shifts stands.  The flexi settings are pretty much perfect in that the flow of material occurs when you actually move around and it falls back into place naturally.  Fantastic workmanship, truly.  The top is a pheasant style with a corset that can be worn alone.  I chose to just add it over the white blouse as it fit better the scene as a whole.  The Gypsy Spice dress set is a relatively new release that can be found at the main store for L$350.

The skin Julya (cleavage and no cleavage versions included) can be found at the Violet Mafia Headquarters.  It's a FREE GIFT from .::ANGELDUST::. to the group members of the Violet Mafia.  It is a much paler skin that generally suits my taste however it is beautiful nonetheless.  The make up is so light it's almost natural or as some call it, bare or naked.  With a skin of this tone adding dark hair and colorful clothing really enhances it's beauty.  To receive the skin gift you do need to join the Violet Mafia group and wear the group tag when touching the vendors.  There is a group joiner at the Headquarters.  Please do take the time to visit .::ANGELDUST::. at their mainstore.   Tons of great skins available for purchase but be sure to demo before buying to be sure you are happy with it.  I'm sure that there is a skin that's perfect for you there.

For the correct amount of mussy locks we turn to The Stringer Mausoleum to provide the winner.  Valeria Hair is a pulled back bun style that I just love.  It is available at the August run of Flux - Flamingo Lounge.  The single color pack (8 shades per pack - biggie and petite sizes included) is an affordable L$187 and the MEGApack can be picked up for only L$675 for the duration of the event.  The hairs are a savings of 25% off the normal price!  There are two other styles to choose from as well but only at the Flux event.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Black & White Challenge - Cleo Designs & [hate this}

The time has come for another round of The Challenge for Builders.  Words like gorgeous, beautiful, outstanding, awesome don't really begin to describe the creations released for this month's theme.  Black & White was opened ended and filled with possibilities for all who participated.  They all proved that imagination is indeed a wonderous thing.  While I hope to get all the designers blogged this week, someone had to be first.  Cleo Designs, owned by Cleom Bailey, has always been a favorite home and garden store of mine.  The pure creativity she puts in all of her work simply blows me away.  There isn't much that she builds that doesn't make me go "hmm, wish my brain worked like hers".  The set put out for this months Challenge isn't any different.  Fun, creative and most definitely black and white.  Fully loaded with animations too, excellent quality too.

Armchair with Pouf (not shown) - 7 LI
Armchair - 6 LI
Daybed & Pillows - 7 LI
Rug - 1 LI
Table with Decor - 16 LI
Lamp - 4 LI
Side Table with Decor - 10 LI

3 Framed Pictures - 3 LI

It's all mesh too!  The detail in every piece is fantastic with shading and shadows right where one would expect them.  Textures are perfect as well.  The only down side is that the chairs are rather large but even that isn't enough to deter one from purchasing this set.  Cleom definitely met the Black & White Challenge head on :)

The Ivory Room by {hate this} is the setting for a good many of the photos that will be blogged for The Challenge.  It is roomy, beautiful and yes very White!  I love the low land impact brought by it's mesh design.  The shelves built into the walls is just brillant as it gives many places to put those little knick knacks you've acquired over the past how ever long you've been in sl.  There are two versions, one with materials and one without.  I'm still learning about "materials" for building so I'm not ready to expand on that description.  Course when I do know more ... lol, I'll be all opinionated on the matter I'm sure.  Anyhow, the Ivory Room is a must have for those who like pristine, clean and spacious.  

Though it is from a distance and detailing isn't that great.  I wanted to let you all know that the hair is from Discord Designs - a FREE subscriber gift - called Robyn: Raven Black.  It comes in 4 colors and each with a turtle hair base that s perfect for funky braids and dreads.  My outfit is called Art Jumpsuit but I have no clue who created it.  The labeling says ..::BH::.. sadly that is all I have to go on.  Checking properties in all the mesh pieces led me to only Creator unknown.  So if you know who created this really cute outfit or know what ..::BH::.. might stand for, PLEASE let me know so I can credit them properly.  Panda Punx is the designer of the skin and shape Tallah.  Skin specifics are Tallah{Romance} {Tiramisu} Cleavage.  The skin is beautiful, a must see and have!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Summer Break by the Water

Home and Garden is an often neglected genre of design in the blogging world.  By no means am I saying that there are no folks who absolutely adore the task of dressing up the space they live in or even setting up a scene for a photo.  Me?  I love the ease of tossing out a fully decorated building whether its to blog it, live in it or both.  Why?  Because as a builder / store owner I very much appreciate the time and effort other home and garden creators put into their designs.  The Mesh Beach Hut from *RnB* Design is a prime example of simple spaces fully furnished with all the must haves for a day on the beach, lake, creek .... um next to a pond even.  What?  I don't have a beach so I use what I got.

It's texturing is cool blue walls and darker roof with salt water & weather worn posts and trim.  It comes complete with banner flags, beach ball, surf board, life bouy, a few chairs (decor only - not animated) and some sea shells too.  In spite of it being a "Beach Hut" it looks fabulous next to any body of water, even ones with a few trees around for shade.  In addition to the simple fun of the hut, land impact fully rezzed is 29!!  The unfurnished version of the Mesh Beach Hut is the exclusive being offered by *RnB* Design at the Summer Break Festival for only L$60 with a low, low land impact of 13!!  Awesome count for the prim conscious out there.  Want the works?  The whole shebang shown above is L$200 at their mainstore.

You can't see much of me in the picture above, so lets try another shall we?

Jordan is the skin of choice for our day by the water.  It is from Kyxe Skins in their angel tone which truly is angelic in design.  Flawless, smooth and a light tan that seems to catch the sun in all the right areas.  Check out those abs!  The muscle tone is pretty much perfect dont you think?  Granted you DO need to go try Jordan out for yourself.  She's available in the main store right now.  Go ... um, after you finish reading this that is. 

NS: Cutie Store is providing the mesh striped crop top and mesh mini skirt at the Summer Break Festival as their exclusive item for the event. The funky colorful glasses are a free gift from NS: Cutie Store as well.  These are just a few more of the things that are being offered during the BIG SALE! 

If you haven't been to Hair Fair 4 yet you just gotta go!  There are tons of hair designers participating in this huge charity event.  Each designer is offering a portion of proceeds to Wigs For Kids.  In addition there's lots of free gifts and dollarbies to be found.  One in particular is the hair from Alli & Ali Designs that I am wearing.  Their gift bag is slam packed full of great hair!  All landings for Hair Fair 4 are forced landing so the slurl below in the credits will take you to the sims landing point.  Wander around, buy some hair for a great cause.  Of course don't forget the gifties too.

Hair: Alli&Ali Designs - Bella Hair Rustbrown (Hair Fair 2013 Gift)
Skin: Kyxe Skins - Jordan / Angel Tone / Makeup 00 (each pack L$900 includes shape / 6 skins / 6 makeups)
Shape: .:Panda Punx:. Body Shop - Kamila
Glasses: NS: Cutie Store - Summer Glasses (Summer Break Festival Free Gift)
Outfit: NS: Cutie Store - Summer Style (Summer Break Festival Exclusive Item)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Trace ~ The Dreamer's Paradise

A 'splorin' we will go, a 'splorin' we will go!  The Trace is the location of choice to snap the shutter on the ole cam a few times.  It's another of those places from the handy dandy SL Destination Guide, a must read for those who find themselves among the "bored in sl" state of mind.  The Celestial Realm is the sim that holds The Trace.  It is a full on outdoor experience that is unbelievably relaxing and beautifully designed.  Lots of opportunity to add to your photo album, especially at the waterfall where there are literally tons of animations for one person or a couple.  Gotta love when the clothes you choose for the day fit seamlessly into one of the places you just happen to tp into.

Discord Designs creates some of the most fun, funky and definitely unique braids that I have seen in a while.  This is actually the first style of braids that I have ever purchased.  I love it!  Found the store some years ago but since the styles weren't what I was looking for at the time, I'd pretty much forgotten they existed.  Until today.  Discord Designs is at Hair Fair 4 this year with several great styles to benefit the charity.  This particular one IS NOT from Hair Fair but Ohna can be found at their mainstore.  Each color pack is L$180 and has 5 or 6 different shades/  This particular shade is Scarlett from the Intense Reds pack. 

QE Designs is offering up Elly Mae in Green at Summer Break Festival.  It's a complete mesh outfit that includes top, skirt, double belt - embossed with great detail & boots.  To cute!  The set includes flexi mesh that currently I am not able to view since it isn't a feature supported by Firestorm or SL Viewer just yet.  It is explained in the notecard included in the set for those who are interested.  Honestly, mesh that moves sounds like a great idea to me.  Maybe it will come about soon for all of us who wishes our clothes moved as fluidly as our avatar does on a lagless day in sl.

My skin and shape is from Liliskins, a new to me designer of beautiful skins and shapes that couple perfectly together.  I was able to pick from a Small, Medium or Large shape to wear which just tickled me to death. Each skin has several options of hairbase, cleavage and tones.  Maxine is pictured in Meadow makeup shades in a bronze skin tone.  It can be found at Summer Break Festival along with the accessories I wore today.

A starfish necklace from AZE Designs and a really nice Summer Fun beaded bracelet from Xpressions finish out the outfit.  While they aren't all country style like the Elly Mae outfit, they are both really nice none the less.  The necklace and bracelet might be more suited a beach bunny who loves to soak up the sun but meh, I wear what I like.  Today isn't no different.

Hair: Discord Designs - Ohna Scarlet (L$180 per color pack)
Skin & Shape: Liliskins: Maxine Meadow - Bronze (MB - C) (Available at Summer Break Festival)
Outfit: {QE} Designs - Ellie May includes Mesh Top, Skirt, Double Belt & Boots - Flexi, Rigged & Unrigged Versions as well as prim cuffs and collar  (New L$199 available on MP and at Summer Break Festival)
Necklace: AZE Designs Crystal Starfish Necklace (Available at the Summer Break Festival)
Bracelet: ::X.pressions:: - Summer Fun Beaded Bangles Bracelet (Exclusive L$1 for Summer Break Festival

Summer is all about sitting among the wildflowers, staring up at the sky and dreaming big dreams.  Second Life is full of dreamers who are making their dreams come true.  One day at a time. 

Visit the fine folks stores whose great designs are mentioned in this blog by clicking their names above.  A window will open up and you might be able to whisk away directly from your browser to the magical world where we live our second lives.  Otherwise, you will have to take yourself their manually :)  Summer Break Festival is on now at the Little Rascals sim.  It's a gathering of some amazing talent so go on and see what they have to offer.